Typically celebrated on March 21st, Nowruz is one of the biggest celebrations in Central Asia. This spring festival dates back thousands of years and marks the start of the Persian New Year. Highlights include music, dance, markets and traditional games, although some of these may be unsettling for western travellers. Be sure to try Sumulak, a type of sweet pudding which is cooked specifically for these celebrations. There’s also lots of partying as the day draws to a close.